Changing the Equation in STEM Education | The White House

September 20, 2010 at 4:00 pm 2 comments

It’s great that the White House cares so much about STEM education.  $5M annually seems like a fairly small investment.  I’m hoping that the CEO’s involved will bring private resources to the problem.  Notice the heavy involvement of computing-related organizations: Former Intel CEO Craig Barrett, Xerox CEO Ursula Burns, Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt and Eastman Kodak CEO Antonio Perez. and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Today, President Obama announced the launch of Change the Equation, a CEO-led effort to dramatically improve education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), as part of his “Educate to Innovate” campaign.  Change the Equation is a non-profit organization dedicated to mobilizing the business community to improve the quality of STEM education in the United States.

The United States is falling behind our foreign competitors in STEM subjects.  According to one, study American 15-year-olds ranked 21st in science and 25th in math compared to other countries.  In his remarks to day, the President emphasized the importance of providing American students with a solid foundation in these subjects in order to compete in the global economy.

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  • 1. Alan Kay  |  September 20, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    Hi Mark

    $5 million is about 25 person years at current burdening rates. I think they need to think harder and deeper!

    Still every little brick laid in the cathedral helps it grow, so perhaps something good will come out of what at this point is barely a gesture.

    Cheers,

    Alan

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